Lionhearth Group reveals pipeline of new openings in 2023 and beyond


Lionhearth pub group reveals pipeline of new openings in 2023 and beyond. Image: The Swan in Ascott-under-Wychwood
Lionhearth Group reveals pipeline of new openings in 2023 and beyond. Image: The Swan in Ascott-under-Wychwood

Lionhearth, the new pub group behind the Cotswold favourites, The Chequers in Churchill and The Swan in Ascott-under-Wychwood, is launching into the market with a pipeline of new openings in 2023 and beyond.

The ambitious plans see the group double its capacity for dining and rooms over the next 12 months with the launch of two new pubs, a handful of rooms and self-catering cottages in the region.

Taking up prime position in the Cotswolds’ most charming villages, Lionhearth, will continue to honour its community-first philosophy by creating welcoming spaces where locals and guests can enjoy top quality food and fine wine and feel at home with friends.

The Swan Inn, Ascott-under-Wychwood
The Swan Inn, Ascott-under-Wychwood

“Our pubs are the heart of our communities,” said Scott Macdonald, Managing Director of Lionhearth. “We are committed to securing these precious spaces over the long term and will continue to invest in the region to create warm, welcoming venues where friends, families and loved ones can enjoy exceptional food, superb wines and regional beers for many years to come.”

The first in the pipeline, The Chapel, will open this summer. The new property will add three bedrooms to the inventory at The Swan in Ascott-under-Wychwood.

In keeping with the group’s signature style, the new spaces will combine playful modern interiors with classic honey-coloured Cotswold architecture. All guests will have full access to The Swan and its large sundrenched garden terrace – one of the finest in the region.

The Chequers Inn, Churchill
The Chequers Inn, Churchill

The Black Horse in Salford will reopen in late summer 2023. Lionhearth has invested heavily in returning this precious community asset to its former glory. Locals and visitors will enjoy a classic pub atmosphere and rustic dining – with a new one-bedroom cottage for overnight stays.

The group will begin taking bookings for their newly renovated cottages in a prominent position in Kingham towards the end of the year.

The four extensively refurbished two bedroom cottages will enable guests explore the heart of the Cotswolds in typical Lionhearth style. Each will feature a fully functional kitchen and be serviced by the neighbouring Lionhearth pubs.

New for December 2023, Grade II Listed The Cock Inn in Combe will bring an impressive dining concept to one of the Cotswolds’ best kept secrets.

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